NCERT biology books still riddled with errors, AIPMT examinees left in lurch

  • Nikhil Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 19, 2015 20:58 IST

With just days to go for All India Pre-Medical Entrance Test (AIPMT); National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is yet to incorporate all the errors in its Class 11 and 12 biology books which the national body had committed to incorporate in the next edition, last year.

Students who want to get the latest available NCERT books to prepare for the May 3 entrance test are getting the same books from the market (December 2013 edition) carrying the errors as in the earlier edition, leaving them in lurch.

Shreya Khanna a Class 11 student said, "I bought the latest available book in the market for biology which is of edition 2013." Though few mistakes have also been rectified in the currently available books, there are still some errors which were accepted by NCERT experts last year but are yet to be rectified.

After a civil writ petition was filed by a local academician Dr Arvind Goyal in high court against the body highlighting large number of errors in the books last year. A written reply by the NCERT officials was submitted to the petitioner informing him about the mistakes for which suggestions were accepted. Some of those which were accepted in the written reply are yet to be incorporated.

For instance there was a wrong diagram printed in the book though the statement was correct. The statement in the book stated, "The cells that do not divide further exit G1 phase to enter an inactive stage called quiescent stage (G0) of the cell cycle", whereas the figure depicts G0 phase before the G1 phase.

Despite the body's claim that the suggestion has been accepted, the new books bought by the students for the new session carry the same diagram.

Goyal said, "It is quite disappointing to see old books being sold in the market as medical students all across the nation have been waiting for the new text books with all the errors rectified. NCERT must keep its promise and release only those text books in the market in which all the errors have been rectified. As a temporary measure, NCERT should load a list of errata on its website. It will be very helpful especially for the students appearing for AIPMT this year".

AK Wazalwar, professor and head of department of education in science and mathematics said, "We are very much concerned about the welfare of the students and have rectified the mistakes. The errors which we felt were there in the biology book were removed and rest I think is a matter of different views held by our experts and the other experts, though both have the right view and answers. As far as publishing of books is concerned, there is a possibility that at few places, old books are being sold to the students".

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